Military drone crashes near Fort Indiantown Gap

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JONESTOWN, Pa. — Military officials say an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a central Pennsylvania school and a hotel.

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Joan Nissley said no one was injured when the RQ-7 Shadow drone crashed around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Lebanon County and was run over by a civilian vehicle.

Ms. Nissley said the aircraft crashed during training operations at nearby Fort Indiantown Gap. It came down on Fischer Avenue, between Lickdale Elementary School and a Comfort Inn.

The drone weighs 375 pounds and has a 15-foot wingspan. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Pennsylvania National Guard trains three brigades on the use of 12 drones at Fort Indiantown Gap.


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